July 2013 Horticulture Tips

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Horticulture Tip for the week  of June 30 - July 6, 2013
Title: Pinching Mums

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Mums are fun to grow for fall color in your landscape, but to get a lot of flowers, you’ll need to pinch off the growing tips in early summer.  This will promote a lot of extra growth, and many more flower buds will be produced.  But by mid-July, it’s time to stop removing those growing tips and let the plant mature.  You’ll be rewarded with a great show this fall. 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of July 7 - 13, 2013
Title: Flowers and Drought

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

If drought comes along this summer, be sure to water your flowers to keep them in good shape.  If you can’t water them for some reason, hold off on other cultural practices as well.  Fertilizing, pruning, applying pesticides, or even cutting flowers may harm the plants, especially woody species like roses.  It’s best to wait until you can get water to them again before you do anything else.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of July 14 - 20, 2013
Title: Watering Your Lawn

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

When watering your lawn this summer, there are several things to keep in mind.  It’s always a good idea to give your lawn a good deep soaking once in a while rather than frequent shallow watering.  Soak your lawn well, up to 5 to 6 inches deep in the soil.  This will penetrate well into the root zone.  Then, unless it’s severe drought, don’t water again for about a week. 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of July 21 - 27, 2013
Title: Squash Vine Borers

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

One of the big enemies of squashes and other cucurbit crops is the squash vine borer.  These moths lay their eggs on the stems, and then their emerging larvae bore into the vines.  These eventually cause a sudden wilt and death of the plant.  If you see them in your garden, call your local University Extension center for ways to control this pest. 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of July 28 - Aug. 3, 2013
Title: Spider Mites

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

When hot dry weather appears, it’s time to start looking for spider mites.  These pests can attack almost anything, from vegetables and fruits, to your ornamental plants, and even trees.  They are extremely tiny, and sometimes difficult to see without magnification.  Often, it may appear that your plant has a disease, when it’s really spider mites.  They can be controlled.  Contact your local University Extension center for recommendations. 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension